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Governing after Crisis
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The constant threat of crises such as disasters, riots and terrorist attacks poses a frightening challenge to Western societies and governments. While the causes and dynamics of these events have been widely studied, we know little about what happens following their containment and the restoration of stability. This volume explores 'post-crisis politics,' examining how crises give birth to longer term dynamic processes of accountability and learning which are characterised by official investigations, blame games, political manoeuvring, media scrutiny and crisis exploitation. Drawing from a wide range of contemporary crises, including Hurricane Katrina, 9/11, the Madrid train bombings, the Walkerton water contamination, Space Shuttles Challenger and Columbia and the Boxing Day Asian tsunami, this is a ground-breaking volume which addresses the longer term impact of crisis-induced politics. Competing pressures for stability and change mean that policies, institutions and leaders may occasionally be uprooted, but often survive largely intact.

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'Too many are unprepared to handle crisis; still more are ignorant of post-crisis dynamics. This book allows us to understand the issues involved and to choose the appropriate roadmaps in the post-event phase. Do not miss these illuminating case studies: they could - tonight or tomorrow - tip the balance between fiasco and success.’

Patrick Lagadec - Director of Research, Ecole Polytechnique, Paris

‘This volume laudably focuses on a relatively neglected topic, the specifically political dimensions of crises and disasters. The authors also make a good case that political elites and organizations more than citizens have to be held accountable for their behavior, since they are the locus of pre-crisis policy decisions. Another worthwhile emphasis is on the differential effects of crisis management on politicians and public officials.’E. L. Quarantelli

Professor Emeritus - Disaster Research Center, University of Delaware

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Contents

  • Introduction
    pp 1-2
    • By Arjen Boin, Director of the Stephenson Disaster Management and Public Administration Institute and Associate Professor of Public Administration, Louisiana State University, Allan Mcconnell, Associate Professor (Public Policy) in the Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney, Paul 't Hart, Professor of Political Science, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University, and Professor of Public Administration, Utrecht School of Governance, Utrecht University
  • 1 - Governing after crisis
    pp 3-30
    • By Arjen Boin, Director of the Stephenson Disaster Management and Public Administration Institute and Associate Professor of Public Administration, Louisiana State University, Allan Mcconnell, Associate Professor (Public Policy) in the Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney, Paul 't Hart, Professor of Political Science, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University, and Professor of Public Administration, Utrecht School of Governance, Utrecht University
  • Part I - Crisis-induced accountability
    pp 31-32
    • By Arjen Boin, Director of the Stephenson Disaster Management and Public Administration Institute and Associate Professor of Public Administration, Louisiana State University, Allan Mcconnell, Associate Professor (Public Policy) in the Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney, Paul 't Hart, Professor of Political Science, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University, and Professor of Public Administration, Utrecht School of Governance, Utrecht University
  • Conclusion
    pp 283-284
    • By Arjen Boin, Director of the Stephenson Disaster Management and Public Administration Institute and Associate Professor of Public Administration, Louisiana State University, Allan Mcconnell, Associate Professor (Public Policy) in the Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney, Paul 't Hart, Professor of Political Science, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University, and Professor of Public Administration, Utrecht School of Governance, Utrecht University

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